Ameren’s 6-MW solar project in Missouri is now on-line

Following more than a month of successful testing, the O’Fallon Renewable Energy Center, Ameren Missouri‘s first solar center and the largest investor-owned utility scale solar facility in Missouri, is online, the utility said on Dec. 3.

The center features more than 19,000 solar panels covering more than 19 acres and generates nearly 6 MW to Ameren Missouri’s grid. Groundbreaking on the facility in O’Fallon took place this past April. 

“This is an exciting milestone for Ameren Missouri,” said Michael Moehn, President and CEO of Ameren Missouri. “The solar energy center is a clear example of Ameren Missouri’s commitment to power the quality of life for customers with cleaner energy from a diverse mix of sources.”  

Ameren Missouri plans to significantly expand its renewable energy generation portfolio. The company’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for construction of a second solar energy center in 2016 that would be the largest in the state of Missouri. Also under the IRP, Ameren Missouri will add renewable generation using wind, hydroelectric and landfill gas. The IRP was filed on Oct. 1 with the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Ameren Missouri would under that IRP add nearly 500 MW of renewable power generation, which, together with other planned changes to its generation resources, would allow the utility to achieve a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2035, based on 2005 levels. The nearly 500 MW would include 400 MW of wind power, 45 MW of solar, 28 MW of hydroelectric and 5 MW of landfill gas.

Ameren Missouri, which is a unit of Ameren (NYSE: AEE), has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. The company’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities including the greater St. Louis area. 

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